Scripture Verse

He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Psalm 23:3

Introduction

Words: Charles Coll­ins, in Ca­rols of Hope, ed­it­ed by Clar­ence M. Sea­mans, Fred­er­ick S. Stan­ton & Fran­cis A. Black­mer (Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts: Ad­vent Chris­tian Pub­li­ca­tion So­cie­ty, 1906), page 135, alt.

Music: Arak H. W. Sea­mans (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know Coll­ins or Sea­mans’ full name, or where to get good pho­tos of them (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

Lyrics

Lead me, bless­èd Je­sus,
By Thy guid­ing hand;
Should temp­ta­tions cross my path,
Help me to with­stand.
Make Thy grace suf­fi­cient
Always sin to shun;
Closely walk­ing with Thee,
Till my course is run.

Take me, gra­cious Mas­ter,
By Thy gen­tle hand,
May I seek to know Thy will,
Yield to Thy com­mand.
O di­rect my path­way,
And should thorns in­fest,
Order all my foot­steps,
Show me what is best.

Guide me, lov­ing Sav­ior,
All my pil­grim way,
Keep my heart so near to Thine
That I shall not stray.
Should the skies be low­er­ing,
And dis­tress al­lowed,
Let some sil­ver lin­ing
Tinge the gloomy cloud.

Come, Thou dear Re­deem­er,
Claim me as Thine own;
So con­trol my dai­ly life,
Make my heart Thy throne.
Cleanse me by Thy pow­er,
That from sin set free,
I shall use my ta­lents—
Give my strength to Thee.